Welcome! The First2 Network, with the support of a National Science Foundation grant, has partnered with organizations around the state to help you locate STEM resources nearby, within West Virginia, and/or virtually. These resources could include STEM programs, tours, camps, scholarships, internships/mentorships, job opportunities, and more! Entries from the arts or any other field are welcome if they have a STEM component.

FAQs about the STEM Hub Dashboard

The WV STEM Hub serves as a central resource for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) activities and resources available around the state of West Virginia.  

Any type of STEM-related resource, at any level, is welcome.

The submission form is designed to be extremely flexible and the data display dashboard allows users to filter on criteria such as:

  1. Discipline. Includes multiple STEM fields, as well as interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary resources. Entries from the arts or any other field are welcome if they have a STEM component.
  2. Intended audience level.  (elementary, middle, high school, undergraduate, graduate, teacher resource, employment opportunities)
  3. Geographic location.
  4. Virtual resources
  5. Resource type

The project was initiated and facilitated by First2 Network (https://first2network.org).  The First2 Network is funded by the National Science Foundation (Award Numbers: HRD-1834586,  HRD-1834595, HRD-1834601, HRD-1834575, HRD-1834569).

Multiple partners contributed to the development and to the ongoing maintenance of the database.

  • Sean Harwell, Fairmont State University First2 Network 
  • Erica Harvey, Fairmont State University
  • Michelle Richards-Babb, West Virginia University
  • Hunter Moore, undergraduate at West Virginia University
  • Jaimee Pyron, graduate student at West Virginia University
  • Leah McJilton, West Virginia University 
  • Erika Klose, West Virginia Department of Education
  • Deana White, WV Alliance for STEM and the Arts
  • Kayte Kincaid, Clay Center
  • Ryan Haupt, National Youth Science Foundation
  • Brent McCusker, West Virginia University
  • Erica Harvey, Fairmont State University
  • Erika Klose, West Virginia Department of Education
  • Ryan Haupt, National Youth Science Foundation

After you push submit on an entry, you will receive a link that allows you to edit your entry.  The link will be sent to the submitter email address you provide at the start.

Each time you make an edit, you will receive a new link by email.

Once a year, you will receive an email reminding you to review your entry and update it (which can mean just clicking submit with no changes.)  If you do not do this, your entry will be deactivated.

A copy of your submission will not be sent to you; print/save your response before submitting.

Submitters will receive a yearly email asking them to review, update and/or reapprove existing entries.  If no response is received, the entry will be deactivated.

Most fields are NOT required.  Please fill out as many as possible, since they will be used as search terms by database users.

Based on testing with multiple different types of users, we have added branching in certain places and there are about 9 required fields.

You can tell if a field is required by the red asterisks next to the question text.

In cases where users have expressed confusion about particular questions, we have added a mouseover option to provide more information about the question and how it will be used in the database. If you have a question that is not answered by a mouseover, please contact Erica Harvey (eharvey@fairmontstate.edu) and we will answer it (and also add a new mouseover guidance).

There is a back button at the top and very bottom of each page of the intake form.

Your partly filled out entry will be saved in your browser cache for a limited time. (48 hours).  

To help out frequent submitters, the first question on the intake form provides an option to upload multiple events with a .xlsx (Excel) file instead of using the intake form. 

Please fill out the .xlsx completely, since required fields are not as obvious on the .xlsx option.

If you go to the dashboard, you can filter for a list of organizations.  Alternatively, you can select the option in the form to say that you have an existing organization, and then it will provide you with a dropdown list of organizations.  If your organization does not show up, you will need to enter your organization information.

We recognize that many organizations are large enough to have multiple submitters, so we wanted to make sure there is only one main entry for each organization which gives the correct physical location and main organization website, plus the name of the person in charge of maintaining and updating that core type of information for the organization.

Each resource or event that is added for that organization will then appear under the main organization in the dashboard display.

A resource or event that is cosponsored by more than one organization will appear under each organization.

If you have questions or suggestions about this database, or would like to join the team of people who manage it, please email Erica Harvey (eharvey@fairmontstate.edu).